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Wednesday | April 27

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
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OPENING RECEPTION

The EMS Hall of Ideas will be the place to be as new and old industry friends come together to hug it out, bump elbows and raise a glass to surviving the past two years—together. Join an informative “Innovation Tour” of the Hall to see what the industry’s been cooking up since last year. Gather with fellow EMS first-timers for an expert-led orientation and tour. Enjoy snacks, drinks and some fun and games with old and new friends alike. It’s our 20th annual EMS live, baby. Let’s do this!
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
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THE 20TH ANNUAL EX AWARDS GALA

Some call it the Oscars of events. Others, the Golden Globes of experiential. We call it the party of the year that you don’t have to plan. That’s right, the most prestigious recognition program for the experiential marketing industry is turning 20—and Las Vegas will never be the same. Dig out your fancy clothes, raise a glass and celebrate the year’s most award-winning people and programs across 30 unique categories. *Separate ticket required.

Thursday | April 28

6:45 AM – 7:30 AM
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5K RUN/WALK

For 20 years, EMS attendees have been rising with the sun and meeting for morning runs. Be a part of the tradition and start your day getting to know some fellow fitness enthusiasts. Our guided 5K run and sightseeing tour down the Vegas strip (you never know what you’ll see when the sun comes up in Sin City) kicks off in the lobby at the MGM Grand. Walkers welcome!
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLES

Grab your breakfast and sit in on one of five moderated conversations taking place in the Hall of Ideas. We’re tackling the industry’s biggest pain points, challenges and trends in fast-paced, expert-led idea exchanges, and then switching tables so you can explore up to three topics before your next cup of coffee. Not a morning person? We got you. You can also grab a map and explore the latest products, partners and solutions in the Hall. Won’t it be fun to put “work pants” on again and interact with, you know, people? We think so, too.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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MORNING KEYNOTE

Grab a seat with a new industry friend and get inspired as we bring our biggest lineup of keynote speakers ever to the main stage for a “double header” you won’t want to miss. Today’s keynotes include: Pepsi VP, Head of Marketing, Todd Kaplan, and Nestlé USA Head of Experiential Jamey Sunshine.
Presented By:

Jamey Sunshine

Head of Experiential,
Nestlé

Todd Kaplan

Vice President of Marketing,
Pepsi
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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COFFEE BREAK + EXPERT STUDIO PRESENTATIONS

Step into the Hall of Ideas for some networking, idea gathering and a cup of coffee or tea. Stop by our ‘Expert Studio’ and sit in on a series of fast-paced 10-minute presentations on the latest event tools and technologies. See something you like and want to learn more about it? Chat up our sponsors and exhibitors live, or use your EMS event app to set up a meeting.
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
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NETWORKING LUNCH + KEYNOTE

Enjoy a delicious lunch with new industry friends and get inspired as we bring our biggest lineup of keynote speakers ever to the main stage. Your lunchtime keynote features Miri Rodriguez, Senior Storyteller Future of Work, Microsoft, and author of Brand Storytelling.
Presented By:

Lori Ann Pope

Global Director, Small Business Experiences, Global Business Marketing
Meta
3:45 PM – 4:15 PM
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SPEED MEETINGS

You asked for more time to meet people at EMS and we listened. Use our conference app keywords to find the peers and prospective partners you need to make 2022 a year for the books, and then grab one of the 10-minute meeting slots in the schedule for a quick power meetup. A fun and low commitment way to meet new people and explore the industry.
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM
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HAPPY HOUR

Time to trade those pajama bottoms for work pants because it’s the Happy Hour you’ve been thinking about… All. Year. Long. Reunite with your industry friends and make new connections as we celebrate the event industry in the Hall of Ideas over drinks, snacks and some fun activities. Join an informative “Innovation Tour” of the hall to see what the industry’s been cooking up since last year. Gather with fellow EMS first-timers for an expert led orientation and tour. Revel in the moment and enjoy being in a room with your people.
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
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OPTIONAL ADD-ON: AL-FRESCO NETWORKING DINNER

Come solo or grab a friend or colleague for an EMS favorite that sells out every year: the 20th annual networking dinner. Many game-changing industry connections are made at EMS dinners—don’t miss your chance to eat, drink and make new friends. You must be registered in advance to attend. Price: $99. Includes three-course dinner, dessert and beer/wine.

Friday | April 29

6:45 AM – 7:30 AM
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5K RUN/WALK

For 20 years, EMS attendees have been meeting for morning runs. Be a part of the tradition and start your day getting to know some fellow fitness enthusiasts. Our guided 5K run and sightseeing tour down the Vegas strip (you never know what you’ll see when the sun comes up!) kicks off in the lobby at the MGM Grand. Walkers welcome!
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
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BREAKFAST ROUNDTABLES

Grab your breakfast and sit in on one of five moderated conversations taking place in the Hall of Ideas. We’re tackling the industry’s biggest pain points, challenges and trends in fast-paced, expert-led idea exchanges, and then switching tables so you can explore up to three topics before your next cup of coffee. Not a morning person? We got you. You can also grab a map and explore the latest products, partners and solutions in the Hall. Won’t it be fun to put “work pants” on again and interact with, you know, people? We think so, too. See you there, champ.
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
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MORNING KEYNOTE

Grab a seat with a new industry friend and get inspired as we bring our biggest lineup of keynote speakers ever to the main stage for a “double header” you won’t want to miss. Today’s keynotes include: Procter & Gamble Chief Design Officer Phil Duncan, and EVP of Originals Marketing at HBO Max, Pia Barlow.
Presented By:

Phil Duncan

Chief Design Officer,
Procter & Gamble

Pia Barlow

EVP of Originals Marketing,
HBO Max
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
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COFFEE BREAK + EXPERT STUDIO PRESENTATIONS

Step into the Hall of Ideas for some networking, idea gathering and a cup of coffee or tea. Stop by our ‘Expert Studio’ and sit in on a series of fast-paced 10-minute presentations on the latest event tools and technologies. See something you like and want to learn more about it? Chat up our sponsors and exhibitors live, or use your EMS event app to set up a meeting.
12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
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NETWORKING LUNCH + KEYNOTE

Enjoy a delicious lunch with new industry friends and get inspired as we bring our biggest lineup of keynote speakers ever to the main stage. Your lunchtime keynote features Lori Ann Pope, Global Director, Economic Impact and Small Business Experiential at Meta.
Presented By:

Miri Rodriguez

Senior Storyteller Future of Work,
Microsoft
2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
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CLOSING SESSION + HAPPY HOUR

We’re ending EMS with a bang—and beers. Join friends new and old for one last hurrah as we raise a can to 20 years of EMS and listen in to our final keynoter of the conference, Ronnie Yoked, Head of Experiential at Anheuser-Busch. Snacks and drinks will be served.
Presented By:

Ronnie Yoked

Head of Experiential,
Anheuser-Busch